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Arthur Ashe, The Incomparable, Won Wimbledon, This Day 42 Years Ago — I Remember It Well.

by Anura Guruge



Arthur Ashe, one of my abiding heroes,
is still the ONLY black man to have won the
Wimbledon men’s title.


Click to access BBC original from 2 years ago.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Ashe


I still remember that momentous day in vivid detail.

I was living in a picturesque cottage in Owslebury, Hampshire, that I was renting from a Major in the British Army. See below — though that lane has changed a ‘bit’ in the last 42 years!

It was my first Summer there having moved in Owslebury in September 1974 when I started working for IBM.

It was a sunny, warm Saturday. My in-laws were up for the weekend. The Major was extremely nice but was very particular that we maintained his ‘pride and joy’ in tip-top shape. So that Saturday all of us were busy getting the frontage to the road under control. So we labored in the sun while listening to the live commentary on the BBC.

I was so delighted when Arthur won. I cried. We watched the BBC TV coverage that night on my new Sony color TV.

I miss Arthur Ashe. He was A MAN — a great man. What a shame we lost him so young.


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Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Was NOT Published On July 4, 1865 As Some Maintain!

by Anura Guruge


I get a daily e-mail from ‘Encyclopedia Britannica‘ about ‘On This Day‘.

I, however, no better than to take their word. I ALWAYS check events that are of interest to I.

So, I checked the Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland‘ claim.

Glad I did!

The next image explains it all.

Click to ENLARGE. An e-mail I received today — July 4, 2017.



So that is the REAL story. They did PLAN to publish it on July 4, 1865 BUT it did NOT happen.

So, Encyclopedia Britannica, got it wrong — THOUGH you would think they would double check before they send out these e-mails.

This is why it cracks me up when people Bad Mouth Wikipedia. In reality, Wikipedia has less errors and is more up to date than any of the older Encyclopedias — and I say that as one who has, since an early age, loved Encyclopedias and still has a printed set of the Encyclopedia Britannica.


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by Anura Guruge